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Swift observations of CSS081007:030559+054715

2010-02-01
Beardmore, A. P.
Osborne, J. P.
Page, K. L.
Schwarz, G.
Starrfield, S.
Hakala, P.
Ness, J. -U.
Balman, Şölen
Wagner, R. M.
CSS081007:030559+054715 was discovered by the Catalina Real-time Transient Survey. Optical spectroscopy revealed a multi-peaked Ha emission line profile with radial velocities exceeding 1500 km/s, as well as strong Ne emission, suggestive of a neon nova. We monitored the source extensively with the Swift satellite, obtaining a unique dataset spanning 270 days in the soft X-ray and UV bands. The data reveal a soft, blackbody-like spectrum with a temperature around 55 eV (though dependent on the modelling), variable X-ray and UV light curves with a 1.77 day period in both the X-ray and UV bands, a longer timescale modulation of similar to 50 days, followed by a slowly declining trend in the soft X-ray and UV flux. We highlight the Swift observations and their implications for the SSS nature of this object. (C) 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim